6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

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The winter season brings lots of exciting activities and events, but it can also do a number on your budget. From holiday lights to keeping your home cozy in the middle of harsh weather, many Lexington families have high energy bills. Luckily, there are steps you can take to decrease your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our professionals at Kelley Mechanical in Lexington created a list of ways you can save. Try them out and see lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Set your thermostat to lower heating output at times when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is consumed when your furnace is set above 68 degrees, so try keeping your home at 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake, and reduce the temperature to 55-65 degrees at times when you’re away at work, out of town or sleeping to achieve lower utility bills.

2. Make sure you only wash when you have full loads.

Hold on doing laundry until you have enough for full loads. This will help you save on water heating, water usage and on heat needed for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than actually needed, right? And, don’t forget: cleaning the lint trap after every load can save you up to $34 a year, according to PG&E.

3. Conduct a home energy audit.

A home energy audit can help you find the places where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use excess energy. The assessment can show you ways to save as much as possible, including long- and short-term energy-saving solutions.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your heating and cooling ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are plenty of areas in your home that may be allowing cold air in. Simply tape heavy plastic over the windows, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks coming through doors and windows. Contact Kelley Mechanical to hear more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One easy way to receive lower utility bills is to switch out your older holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these energy efficient lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can work for nearly 40 holiday seasons in Lexington.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need to upgrade your furnace, think about purchasing an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save significant amounts of money a year on annual heating bills versus older furnaces. Or, if you’ve made a replacement recently, remember to schedule a service visit for your current furnace. An easy tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to work.

For more information on how you can achieve lower utility bills this winter, give Kelley Mechanical in Lexington a call at 859-209-3003.
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